How Meta Can You Get-a? #MondayRecommend

Didn’t get to do nails this week because quarantine. Yes, I could have done MY nails by MYSELF, but what’s the fun of that? We’ll do nails together this Friday.

This week, I followed a friend’s recommendation and watched tick, tick…BOOM! on Netflix. It’s a movie about a play about a play. See, this real-life guy named Jonathan Larson worked for eight years writing a science-fiction musical and was desperate to have it picked for production before he turned thirty, which would be in a few days. He got a workshop, attended by many producers and big-name songwriters, including Stephen Sondheim. His agent told him everybody was greatly enthusiastic to see what he did next. Next. The science-fiction was a no-go. She told him to write what he knows.

So, next, he wrote a musical about living on the edge in New York City, trying to get a science-fiction musical produced before he turned thirty.

That one got produced.

The Netflix film is that play about a play, framed within Larson’s life. After tick, tick…BOOM!, he wrote Rent.

So, no nails, but here’s a combination trailer and song from tick, tick…BOOM!

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: An explosion due to happen.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “How Meta Can You Get-a? #MondayRecommend

  1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    July 25, 2022 at 2:30pm

    Someone is a crackpot – potentially – until that validation comes in. I think Rent would be enough justification for anyone – the guy is not off his rocker, just not yet discovered.

    The work may be identical, but it is natural to give the actual genius more attention than the self-declared one. Sad but true.

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      Marian Allen

      July 26, 2022 at 7:52am

      tick, tick… BOOM! had to be enough justification for him, sad to say. Rent did get picked up for production, and ran on Broadway for eight years, but Larson died of an aneurysm the day before it premiered. I ache to think of what we missed with his loss. I think he would have given Sondheim a run for his money.

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